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‘Dog-speak’ is important in relationship-building between dogs and their human companions

CECILE BORKHATARIA: ‘Researchers have found that ‘dog-speak’ is important for bonding with your [companion dog]… Scientists found that dogs need to hear words spoken rhythmically in a high-pitched emotional voice in order to find it relevant. Experts said that speaking to your dog using a baby-like tone can have the same benefits that occur when a parent engage sin this way with a young child…

Dr Katie Slocombe, a researcher from the University of York’s Department of Psychology, said: ‘A special speech register, known as infant-directed speech, is thought to aid language acquisition and improve the way a human baby bonds with an adult… ‘This high-pitched rhythmic speech is common in human interactions with dogs in western cultures, but there isn’t a great deal known about whether it benefits a dog in the same way that it does a baby’. SOURCE…

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